Public Policy / Government Relations Articles
House Ag Committee Chair Named
U.S. Rep. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) was named the 50th chairman of the House Agricultural Committee. Selected by the House Republican Steering Committee, Conway succeeds Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), who has held the post since 2011.
November 19, 2014 – AgriMarketing
Senate Blocks Keystone Pipeline Plan
The Senate has narrowly rejected a proposed extension of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, falling one vote short of the 60 needed to end debate on a bill that would authorize the project to proceed.
November 18, 2014 – ENR
Ag groups push for Section 179 action in lame duck
Agricultural organizations and business groups are pushing Congress to act on tax extender legislation before the end of the lame duck session, saying retroactive action in 2015 will be too late for many farmers, ranchers and businesses.
November 18, 2014 – AgriPulse
House passes bill approving Keystone XL pipeline
The House of Representatives today passed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, but the fate of the legislation in the Senate - and in the White House, should it get that far - remains uncertain.
November 14, 2014 – AgriPulse
States moving on gas tax hikes on their own
Several states are considering increases of their own gas taxes, as Congress struggles to come up to boost federal transportation funding.
November 13, 2014 – The Hill
Keystone Pipeline Bills Advance in Congress
Legislation to approve the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline began racing through the U.S. Congress on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans appeared to be coming together in a challenge of President Obama's oversight of the project.
November 13, 2014 – USAgNet
Transportation Initiatives Pass on Election Day
Voters across the nation again demonstrated they strongly support increased investment in transportation improvements, approving 60 of 90 (67 percent) transportation-related initiatives that were on the November ballot, according to a report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (ARTBA-TIAC).
November 7, 2014 – Rock Products
TransCanada eager for renewed Keystone push in Senate
The CEO of TransCanada, Russ Girling, said the pipeline developer is ready to work with the new GOP majority to "break the gridlock on Keystone [XL]."
November 5, 2014 – The Hill
Voters rally around transportation-funding measures
While the GOP was gaining control of the Senate on Election Day, the transportation industry also was receiving a great deal of support.
November 5, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
Group hits Obama over fuel mandate in ads
Biofuels group Fuels America is launching an ad campaign in Washington, D.C., targeting President Obama over the administration's proposed renewable fuel mandate.
October 23, 2014 – The Hill
McCarthy: GOP will build off highway, port funding bills
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that Republicans would build off a 2012 highway funding and 2014 port spending measure to implement more reforms of government programs if they maintain the majority of the House in next month's elections.
October 22, 2014 – The Hill
FCC ruling may pave way for better cell coverage in rural America
A decision by the Federal Communications Commission may further efforts to bridge the gap between urban and rural America.
October 20, 2014 – AgriPulse
US Transpo. Secretary sees lame duck session as opportunity
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently commented to American University Radio (WAMU 88.5) that the imminent lame duck session of the U.S. Congress is an ample opportunity for a dynamic funding bill to be passed, effectively precluding the Highway Trust Fund from insolvency.
October 17, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
Gov. Scott Walker considers replacing Wisconsin's gas tax
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is considering replacing the state's gasoline tax with a sales tax on gas and alternative vehicle fuel sources to stabilize long-term transportation funding.
October 16, 2014 – Better Roads
California to test feasibility of mileage tax
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation into law that will allow the state to implement a pilot program to test whether charging a road usage fee - or mileage-based tax - could effectively replace fuel taxes as the primary means to fund highways and road projects.
October 15, 2014 – Better Roads
Boxer urges House Ways & Means Committee to save Highway Trust Fund
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee has made it clear that saving the Highway Trust Fund is among her top priorities.
October 14, 2014 – Better Roads
Transportation funding measure in Texas has lawmakers on edge
On Nov. 4, Texas residents will decide whether to approve a state constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1, which would effectively earmark monies derived from oil and gas production taxes for a transportation fund aimed at bolstering the state's cash-poor department of transportation.
October 9, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
IRS chief warns of delays if Congress fails to act on tax extenders
Congressional inaction and continued uncertainty about a package of more than 50 tax extenders could complicate the 2015 tax filing season and force the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to postpone the opening on the 2015 filing season, warned IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a recent letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
October 7, 2014 – AgriPulse
A strong GOP push in November could ignite plans for long-term highway bill
If the Republicans have a successful November, a long-term highway bill might not be far behind.
October 7, 2014 – Roads & Bridges
Illinois senator wants highway earmarks to return
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin wants Congress to start using a bad word again-earmarks.Speaking with the editorial board of Arlington Heights-based newspaper the Daily Herald, Durbin said the only way Congress will pass a long-term highway bill is to allow lawmakers to earmark projects.
October 2, 2014 – Roads & Bridges